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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Tommy James of Tommy James and the Shondells fame will beperforming at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The story of Tommy James from the pop band Tommy James and the Shondells is soon going to be a movie.

The band was known for a bunch of major hits, including "Hanky Panky," "I Think We're Alone Now," "Crimson and Clover" and "Sweet Cherry Wine."

Saturday at 8 p.m., the congenial singer will be performing at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Tickets are $33 and $38 and are available through TicketMaster or at Penn's Peak box office.

While music was always James' first interest, his determination to succeed led him to cross paths with the mob. This made him a targeted man.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

"The Boxtrolls" is a film more to be admired than loved.

The film utilizes stop-motion animation, whereby each, or several frames, of film are shot with minor adjustments to the figurines before the next shot.

As if to emphasize the exactitude of this process and how painstaking it is, during "The Boxtrolls" end credits, the filmmakers pull back from the set to reveal in fast-motion, and in shadow, a puppet animator guiding each move of one of the film's main characters.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"The Maze Runner" is the latest entry into the genre of movies based on best-selling Young Adult (YA) teen dystopian novels, following on the heels of "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Justin Bieber's Believe."

JK (Just Kidding) about the 2013 Justin Bieber documentary. Then again, given the dystopian trajectory of his career, maybe not.

"Twilight" is a curious mix of corny vampire family in their modern manse scenes and CGI action (no, not those involving Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart).

Thursday, September 25, 2014

If you are fascinated by dolphins and are looking for an entertaining family movie, consider "Dolphins Tale 2."

The charming movie has a good cast, including two outstanding young leads; gentle humor, life lessons, and then there are those dolphins.

Dolphins connect us to the sea. They are human-like in their reactions. Their cherubic faces are in a perpetual state of bliss.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Calvary," as with Christianity's New Testament event from which the film derives its title, is difficult, brutal and shocking.

The film begins in a confessional booth in a Roman Catholic church in Ireland where Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson), a fiftysomething Irish priest, is told he will be killed the following Sunday by the very person to whom he is giving confession.

The supplicant boasts that he will revel in killing "a good priest."

Thursday, September 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Wishbone Ash will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Sept. 19.

On Sept. 19, legendary British rockers Wishbone Ash take the Mauch Chunk Opera House Stage, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, for a concert as part of their 2014 U.S. Blue Horizons Tour Summer Tour.

Led by founding member Andy Powell, the band continues to help define the modern rock sound. Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain's most well-known bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the '70s, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Ana Popovic

Ana Popovic will be returning to Penn's Peak on Saturday.

The award-winning, hard-touring guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals, making her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.

During 2013 she appeared on the cover of several magazines. Her album "Can You Stand The Heat" was a "Pick Of The Week" by USA Today and featured on NPR Music.

Nearly all of her albums made the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are played regularly on U.S. radio.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Even though the last day of summer is Sept. 22, the domestic summer movie box office season officially ended Labor Day Weekend.

August, a month when movies not expected to perform well are often released, was particularly robust at the box office, led by "Guardians of The Galaxy," which duked it out with "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

August 2014 had a box office tally of about $1 billion. That's 10 percent above August 2013.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS If the expression on 18-month-old Joshua Slaby of Palmerton is any indication, the rides at the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival were a big hit with children.

It's the perfect environment for individuals who crave a familiar place occupied by many a friendly face.

Such a relaxed atmosphere permeated from the walkways for the start of the 25th annual Palmerton Community Festival on Friday.

Mayor Chris Olivia offered remarks during the opening ceremony.

He noted there has been a festival in the borough for 50 years.

From 1965-1989, it was known as the Palmerton Hospital Festival. Since 1990, it has been the Palmerton Community Festival.

Friday, September 5, 2014

"Boyhood" is really annoying.

The characters played by Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane are annoying.

The plotline and scenes in the film by writer-director Richard Linklater are annoying.

And yet, or because, "Boyhood" is about as annoying as real life, the film is a must-see.

That's because, in comparison, you may conclude your life is less annoying than that depicted in "Boyhood."

"Boyhood" is this summer's feel-good movie in reverse.